Lamborghini Miura P400 to prawdziwe dzieło sztuki. Konstrukcja elitarna i rewolucyjna, pierwszy supersamochód z silnikiem umieszczonym centralnie, który nadawał się do drogowego użytku. Wóz słynny zarówno dzięki swoim dynamicznym właściwościom, jak i doskonałym kształtom, za który odpowiedzialny był młody geniusz, Marcello Gandini ze studia Bertone. Lamborghini Miura P400 S to środkowy etap produkcji, dodatkowe 20 KM i kilka praktycznych udogodnień. Prezentowany egzemplarz wyposażony w opcjonalną klimatyzację i dostępne na specjalne zamówienie skórzane wnętrze “Cinghiale”. Valentino Balboni, największy ekspert i wieloletni kierowca testowy Lamborghini, rozpoznał tak wyposażony wóz jako jeden z dwóch, z których drugi był egzemplarzem należącym do Franka Sinatry. Wśród 338 wyprodukowanych egzemplarzy, licytowany egzemplarz jest obecnie najlepszym wzorem oryginalnego stanu zachowania. Miura sprzedana została za ok. 3,92 mln PLN na aukcji “Rolling Sculpture”, 19 listopada w Nowym Jorku.
1969 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400 S
ESTIMATE: $800,000 – $1,600,000 USD
SOLD: $974,400 USD
Auction: ‘Rolling Sculpture’ 2015 NYC
19th November 2015 5:00pm EST
Property of the Historic Motor Car Investment Fund:
Co-Managing Directors, Leigh and Leslie Keno
Since its arrival in 1966, the groundbreaking aesthetic of the Lamborghini Miura has captivated our senses and left an indelible mark on automotive design. The Miura is at once powerful, yet agile – sensual, yet brutal – restrained, yet boundless. We cannot help but be seduced by it, as the Miura ushered in a new genre of car design – the Supercar, one that continues to push our boundaries and imaginations today. The Miura’s transcendent design taps into all of our senses, and perhaps more so than any car before it the form of the bodywork mysteriously captures visually the fury and ecstasy of the mechanicals that lie beneath the skin. One fleeting glance at the Miura and you are instantly teleported behind the wheel, on an open road with scenery rushing by, and the hair-raising symphony of its V-12 at full song. Upstaging all, Lamborghini seized the opportunity for the Miura to make a visually-arresting statement, the likes of which the world had never seen.
Model: Miura P400 S
Coachwork: Bertone / Gandini
Exterior Color: Rosso Corsa
Interior Color: Senape
One Of Only 338 ‘S’ Models Built
Exceptional Running Condition
Period-correct, (probably Original), Tool Kit
1 Of 2 S Models Delivered With Cinghiale Interior
Well-documented Authenticated By Sig. Balboni
Original ‘Uso E Manutezione’ (Owner’s Manual)
Very Rare, Special-order “Cinghiale” Interior
Superbly-preserved Paint, Considered Original, With Minimal In-painting To Front Left Fender
THIS CARS PAST
The journey of Miura ‘4377’ began in the South of France. It was reported that popular singer, Johnny Halliday, was driving a Miura; this motivated a successful developer, M. Penchinat, to order one from the importer, Voitures Paris, Monceau. Very rare, as one of only 338 “S” versions made, and the 454th Miura constructed, ‘4377’ was finished toward the end of 1969 and registered for road use on November 20th. It was ordered in bright red, with air conditioning and a soundtrack provided by only the intake howl of a bank of carburetors inches from the occupants’ ears… and a sizzling rasp from the dual exhaust tips. The Cinghiale leather, or wild boar hide, is what sets this car apart. During its PPI, it was noted by legendary Lamborghini Test Driver and expert, Valentino Balboni, to be one of only two Miura S’s so equipped. The only other example is what is known as the ‘Sinatra’ car, putting ‘4377’ in astonishingly rare and fine company.
On this topic, popular lore states that this material was introduced to Lamborghini by Frank Sinatra, but according to Balboni, it was Nuccio Bertone himself who recommended this extravagant hide as a unique and fitting option for the Miura.
According to Sig. Balboni, the car came to the Sant’ Agata factory for service and subsequent sale circa 1997. Recognizing the extraordinary, original condition, he notified a friend, Lamborghini enthusiast, Carlo Mauri, who immediately purchased the car. Again upon the suggestion of Sig. Balboni, the car was cared for by the former technical director of Lamborghini, Orazio Salvoni, and his son, who operate Top Motors just across from the factory itself. During this time, it was engine-out serviced by skilled and experienced hands, including those of the Test Driver himself. Balboni fondly recalled to the Keno Brothers during his recent visit and inspection of ‘4377’, that he would sit in his garden on weekend mornings and hear the wail of the V-12 being worked out lovingly by its happy owner.
The car was subsequently obtained, but not registered, by a German dealer and serviced at Kramer Lamborghini in Bonn, Germany. It was brought to Paris’ Retromobile in February of 2014 and purchased at Artcurial by the consignor.
HISTORY OF THE MIURA
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Each above individual is a legendary artist of the era. Each could have anything in the world; all shared one desire – to have a Lamborghini Miura – the precursor P400, the S, or the final SV. To say that the Miura was a sensation is a radical understatement. The legend of the Miura began with its debut at the 1965 Turin Auto Show, where only the naked chassis, with its mid-mounted V-12, was positioned in a transverse format. Even so minimal, it was still the talk of the show. In question was who would sheath the machine that would forever define the dawn of the mid-engine Supercar. The answer came when a young Marcello Gandini, the newly-installed head of design in the House of Bertone, was given the chance to launch a legendary career. The following year, when the completed Miura made her debut at the Geneva Auto Show, its die was cast as “Elite”. A car for the Elite, capable of the Elite, lusted after by the Elite. The Lamborghini Miura is more than an iconic “Supercar”; it’s the original.
To have one’s Lamborghini known and respected by Valentino Balboni is a goal of any proud connoisseur of the marque. Due to the incredible standard of ‘4377’s preservation and its provenance, Balboni stated clearly that this unit could be used as the very reference for all Miuras, in questions of authenticity. A common phrase in the world of fine automobiles is that a car is “original only once”. Simply put, ‘4377’ is known and beloved for its astonishing originality, by the foremost expert on the marque.
Sig. Balboni stated that this superbly preserved beauty could be the benchmark example against which all other Miuras could be compared for originality. As he slid behind the wheel of ‘4377’, he smiled and remarked, “It is like stepping back in time and seeing an old friend.”
The S variant of the Miura represents the heart of the breed, more rare than the SV. The fact that the foremost authority on the marque, Valentino Balboni, believes ‘4377’ to be original, and one of only two S models built with such a singular interior, makes ‘4377’ the epitome of what the Miura is, Elite.
A DESIGNER’S VIEW
BY JASON CASTRIOTA
While mid-engine sports prototypes, such as the Ferrari 250 LM and Ford GT 40, had already been on race circuits for over 2 years, Lamborghini was the first manufacturer to offer a high-performance, mid-engine sports car for the road.
The technical design attributes of the Miura were innovative and influential, but what truly separated the design of Bertone’s young master, Marcello Gandini, from all other sports cars of the same period, was its intoxicating cocktail of contrasting design elements and characteristics that can best be described as controlled chaos. The visual language of the Miura was truly a revolution, as Gandini bucked all trends of the day in an effort to redefine automotive beauty. Forgoing the classical, soft, bulbous forms long associated with sports racing cars, Gandini ushered in a new aesthetic – penning a sculpture of long, low, sinuous proportions, with taut surfaces pulled tightly over the wheels. Whereas other, more classically-beautiful sports cars of the era – such as Ferrari’s 275 GTB/4 – had body designs that seem to hover and float above the wheels, the Miura’s wide, low body appears to push downward onto the wheels and the tarmac – as if shrink-wrapped onto the mechanicals, tenaciously gripping the earth to prohibit its taking flight.
Today, the result remains as visually staggering as ever, a monoblock-like speed-form that blurs the lines between body and mechanicals. It feels and looks more like sculpture than a road-going automobile. The Miura singlehandedly redefined the concept of “stance” in automotive design, and remains a benchmark for designers to this very day, as we still seek to capture this type of visual black magic. The Supercar remains one of man’s ultimate melanges of ingenuity, art, and science. While the Miura was by no means the last time Gandini and Lamborghini would shock the automotive world with a groundbreaking, genre-busting Supercar, it is hard to argue that the Miura is not the most influential and important automotive design icon of its era. It continues to enchant everyone who comes in contact, inspiring a new generation of designers and enthusiasts alike, today, nearly 50 years later.
“It continues to enchant everyone who comes in contact, inspiring a new generation of designers and enthusiasts alike, today, nearly 50 years later.”